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Old Oct 27th, 2012, 03:11 AM   #49
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Re: The Margaret Osborne Dupont thread

As the Hagley Library mini-bio makes clear, William Dupont was a major force in promoting tennis in Delaware and the East Coast. He helped fund and pursued Alice Marble before he married Margaret Osborne. "Willy" also aided William "Billy" Talbert, a tennis player who overcame diabetes to become a first rate player and mixed doubles partner of Margaret's.

Dupont had some eccentric habits. When Alfa and I interviewed Pauline Betz in 2004 she told us all the players nicknamed him "Dirty Willy" due to his smell. She attributed it to his not bathing often enough. Could his constantly being around horses have been the real cause?

He was also woefully estranged from his son John by his first marriage. As an adult John had to make appointments to see his father.

Last edited by Rollo : Nov 20th, 2012 at 02:11 PM.
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